Baked Broccoli-Cheddar Quinoa Bites

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These savory muffin-like quinoa bites are low in carbs and a good source of protein–plus we love their cheesy flavor. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019


  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided
  • ¾ cup finely chopped broccoli
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray


  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 16 cups of a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners (see Tip) or coat with cooking spray.
  • Step 2 Cook quinoa with 1/8 tsp. salt according to package directions. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Step 3 Add broccoli, Cheddar, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt to the quinoa. Stir in egg.
  • Step 4 Divide the quinoa mixture among the prepared muffin cups, pressing firmly with lightly moistened fingers. Mist the tops with cooking spray.
  • Step 5 Bake until golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove to the rack to cool completely.

If you use paper liners, refrigerate the baked bites for at least 2 hours before removing from the liners, to prevent sticking.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Equipment: Mini-muffin pan (24-cup)